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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Turk
  • Day 4
    San Juan
  • Day 5
    St. Maarten
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Zuiderdam

Zuiderdam - Holland America Line

Pros

Partnerships and Music Walk mean exciting enrichment and entertainment choices

Cons

Pool and some public areas appear dated; cabins could use more storage

Bottom line

Continual refurbishments and additions keep older ship fresh for a variety of destinations


Cruise Reviews

Typically cruise on Princess but wanted to try this due to itinerary. Hard not to compare Princess against Holland America. On the positive side we like the larger bathroom. Also the staff is great. On the not so positive side: The ship ... Read More
Typically cruise on Princess but wanted to try this due to itinerary. Hard not to compare Princess against Holland America. On the positive side we like the larger bathroom. Also the staff is great. On the not so positive side: The ship itself is old and is not well maintained compared to Princess ships except for cabins. Too much up selling in all areas. For example, Consistently being asked if we want to purchase a $75 steak or pay $25 for a lobster. When you say NO the demeanor of the staff seems to change. Not as attentive. Booked a walking tour at one of the ports. Due to fairly heavy and consistent rain and cold we thought it would be canceled but it wasn’t. Can’t imagine who would want to walk in the cold and rain for two hours. Probably will not be cruising with Holland America again anytime soon. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We selected the 12-day Canadian Maritimes cruise for the itinerary; the Zuiderdam was the only ship that offered it. We found the food quite good, and the cabin, dining, wine staff, and dining captain service excellent. We had a Verandah ... Read More
We selected the 12-day Canadian Maritimes cruise for the itinerary; the Zuiderdam was the only ship that offered it. We found the food quite good, and the cabin, dining, wine staff, and dining captain service excellent. We had a Verandah stateroom on Deck 6, and it was large-with lots of storage and a huge bathroom with soaking tub and double sinks. Our balcony was large, though we were not able to use it-too rainy and cool. Hurricane Dorian chased us up the coast--and the captain did an excellent job of escaping to calm waters. Even though we missed two ports and had two extra days at sea, we never had any qualms--even when the captain announced that we should secure everything in our cabins in the event of rough weather. Boarding was a mess--apparently Boston Port officials needed to do a surprise check of the ship. We spent 3 hours waiting to board and were not provided any snacks or water. Disembarkation was well-organized and speedy, and we were allowed to wait in our cabins until leaving. We were nicked and dimed to death--water, breakfast cocktails, pictures, bottles of wine, drinks in the Lido, special classes in the Fitness Center. They were there when you got off the ship, got on the ship, and in the Lido and dining room. We laughed at all the people who kept their key cards on lanyards--but you always had to present the cards. Bottles of wine were charged at 4 times what they would cost in Delaware--vastly overcharged. One downside of this cruise was the amateur entertainment--except in Lincoln Center--and the lack of any engaging acts. Entertainment seemed like an after thought. Another downside--the land tours were expensive for what they were. Four of us were traveling together, and we booked private tours at four of the stops. The price of the private tours per person was 20-30% cheaper than what was offered from the ship for the four of us---and there were not 52 people getting on and off the bus at each stop. Not all ports had access to private tours, in which case we booked ship tours. In Cornerbrook, we took the Gros Morne Park tour and spent 7 hours on the bus with three 20 minute stops and one hour-long lunch stop. It was torturous. In Baie-Comeau we took a four-hour bus tour of an inland shell valley of crushed shells and a puzzling exhibit about the last ice age. There are 55 steps up to the beginning of this exhibit, and there were many elderly people on the cruise who were challenged; no mention of this was made in the tour information. The final HA cruise tour straw was the five and a half hour Discover the Fjord Secrets of the Saguenay tour on a boat. We were the last people to board 20 minutes before it left. The only seats left were at the back of the boat over the propellers. For two and a half hours we could not hear the guide nor see the landscape because there were two partial walls on either side of us. I complained to the Cruise staff, and they begrudged us a 20% refund on two tickets totaling $340--not very customer-focused. Our previous other HA cruises 20 years ago were good. However, we will never book on a HA ship again--for the reasons stated above. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We have traveled with Holland America for many years...have been on the zuiderdam three years ago and was very happy. We picked the Canadian cruise from Boston to Quebec City because of going to New Foundland. Even though we got to ... Read More
We have traveled with Holland America for many years...have been on the zuiderdam three years ago and was very happy. We picked the Canadian cruise from Boston to Quebec City because of going to New Foundland. Even though we got to the pier at one o'clock ,the embarkation took over two hours, because the Coast Guard had a inspection. We were in a veranda cabin, it was very nice, except the bathroom needs a renovation badly. Dining has declined since the last time we were onboard the Zuiderdam. The menus for dinner in the main dining room were difficult to find something to eat each night..It had quite a lot of spicy entries, steak that were fatty, grizzly and tough to chew, continually trying to up sell lobster, steaks, and wine. The portions have been reduced in all dining venues. Lido for breakfast and lunch were very good. Lido dinner which is like dining room, is fair. The piano players in the Billboard and BB King, were fantastic ...can’t say the same for The main stage... Because of the hurricane, Dorian, we missed two ports in New Foundland.. the captain did a wonderful job avoiding the storm, except for telling all that the waves could be 40 feet. We were on two shore excursions, one in St Johns where we stood for almost an hour waiting for the previous tour to return. The other Peggy Cove, which was very pretty area but enjoyed the stop at cemetery whereSome people from the Titanic were buried. We were on the Kongingsdam in January 2019 and it was wonderful. Don’t think we will be back on Zuiderdam any time soon.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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